Galway - Duggan Park Ballinasloe

Why is there so few inter county games played there? Great pitch with great access with the new road and the train station..

whipnit (Galway) - Posts:69 - 23/06/2010 20:52:11   685391

Not since Pearse opened up again.

1988 (Galway) - Posts:354 - 23/06/2010 21:42:48   685472

But its in a way better location

whipnit (Galway) - Posts:69 - 24/06/2010 21:46:08   686548

i would attend a lot more of galway games(hurling or football)if they were played in duggan park.galway and are tuam nightmares

jimcouch (Galway) - Posts:47 - 25/06/2010 09:26:27   686610

Don't they have new GAA facilities in the 'Sloe? I don't think even the locals use Duggan Park much anymore, maybe they don't own it? St Grellan will be turning in his grave

mossbags (Galway) - Posts:1089 - 25/06/2010 14:54:57   687098

pearse was a waste of money. should hav developed the duggan instead. way easier to park and a more central location.

2handsondahurl (Galway) - Posts:143 - 25/06/2010 15:56:04   687175

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pearse was a waste of money. should hav developed the duggan instead. way easier to park and a more central location.

A central location? Are you actually being serious?

69r (Galway) - Posts:102 - 25/06/2010 19:02:19   687311

I herd half a million is goin it to it... Its being widened by 10 meters.. Ballinasloe do have new grounds but most hurling matchs are still played in the duggan.. even during the floods the pitch was playable

whipnit (Galway) - Posts:69 - 25/06/2010 21:30:25   687417

nearer the centre of ireland than pearse. just off the new motorway. way easier access. no shortage of parking.

2handsondahurl (Galway) - Posts:143 - 26/06/2010 11:57:27   687513

Duggan Park is a great winter pitch, league matches should be played there but the grab all association never wanted this pitch used much for some reason, I grew up beside it, you would need a visa to set foot on it really

maroondiesel (Mayo) - Posts:486 - 27/06/2010 19:09:46   688543

Maroondeisel you were born in Ballinasloe and moved to Mayo?
Talk about a raw deal.

mossbags (Galway) - Posts:1089 - 27/06/2010 21:12:52   688714

whatevr about league matches in ballinasloe, you cant take the championship away from salthill. a championship match on a warm salthill summers evening is unbeatable. ballinasloe needs serious redevelopments. they need to take away the sheds from behind it for one thing

galwayman95 (Galway) - Posts:292 - 28/06/2010 15:29:17   689722

put it dis way, people ar not goin to go 2 salthill at the weekend for a match if they ar workin in galway all week, shur isnt it any wonder deyr getin shiyt crowds in der, dey would have no problem gettin 9 or 10000 in kenny park or the duggan because its more ideal for the hurlin crowd so too tuam 4 da footballers

cumoutref (Galway) - Posts:85 - 28/06/2010 16:13:20   689823

I agree.. It was a disgrace to see the galway offaly league game played in pearse! Twice the crowd would have come to it if it was in the duggan

whipnit (Galway) - Posts:69 - 28/06/2010 21:15:38   690332

Mossbags, I've spent less time in Mayo than the BVM, the wife registered me as Mayo by accident from Amerikay, must fix it to Galway. Gaillimh Abu

maroondiesel (Mayo) - Posts:486 - 28/06/2010 21:42:29   690369

As far as I'm concerned, The Duggan, is the spiritual home of Galway hurling, the same way Tuam is for the footballers. The sonner some Galway games get played, there the better. Its central to the countys hurling strongholds. No offence intended to anyone from Athenry, Loughrea, Gort or Portumna.

TVH (Galway) - Posts:28 - 28/06/2010 21:46:26   690376

What exactly does spiritual home mean?
There is nothing in Ballinasloe besides the pitch.

MikeyMac (Galway) - Posts:81 - 30/06/2010 18:43:30   692458

I think Pearse Stadium is too exposed to the elements. The wind is nearly always too strong in Pearse Stadium and it makes games practically unplayable. Everyone saw this on Sunday when the two teams only managed two points in the half when they were against the wind. Personally I lost two minor county finals on the pitch. On both occasions the game was made very difficult by the massive wind. I'm not sure how much the wind influences hurling but I don't think it's helped the Galway Football team since they moved games to Pearse. The loss to Westmeath in the Peter Ford era was a prime example of the wind making it too difficult for the players to play a normal game of football. It severely reduces the possibility of successful kickpassing making for a basketball like contest.

oisingalway (Galway) - Posts:1 - 30/06/2010 21:11:06   692654

Mikeymac, Ballinasloe has loads of stuff including 3 Supermacs, enough to cater to any invasion of culchies, you must have a "chip" on your shoulder

maroondiesel (Mayo) - Posts:486 - 01/07/2010 12:12:03   693022

it also has three hotels so people could stay overnight

whipnit (Galway) - Posts:69 - 01/07/2010 13:29:15   693144